Australia faces a bleak future of higher unemployment and lower living standards without an urgent and fundamental "mindset change" by governments, business and individuals, according to a landmark study of competitiveness.
The federal government has approved a giant Queensland coalmine that it says will generate as much as $300 billion for the economy but which environmental groups say will contribute to a “carbon bomb” and risk causing significant damage to the Great Barrier Reef.
The 157 asylum seekers brought to Western Australia are economic migrants, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has claimed.
The 157 Tamil asylum seekers held at sea on a customs vessel for almost a month have arrived on the Australian mainland.
Twenty-seven parliamentarians have publicly condemned what they have described as “the ongoing Israeli military bombardment and invasion of Gaza”.
Joe Hockey is an ‘‘arrogant, cigar-chomping’’ federal treasurer whose charmed life has ‘‘robbed him of charity’’, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says.
The radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has produced a slick video to recruit Indonesians - a phenomenon that a member of Parliament’s intelligence and security committee warns poses a greater danger than Australian jihadists.
A defence discussion paper that will help set the direction for military spending in the years ahead has openly questioned whether Australia’s next fleet of submarines should be built at home.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has sought to reassure Russia, the Ukraine and the Russian-backed rebels who control the MH17 crash zone that Australia has no other purpose than to recover the victims and leave.
Unarmed Australian police will immediately enter and take control of the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine in what Prime Minister Tony Abbott has conceded is a “risky mission”.